College of Science

Student Success Scene
Newsletter 10.08.2019


Welcome To the College Of Science Student Success Scene
Coffee & Conversation Network Event - Computer Science Related Careers

Follow the Roadmap: Learn Beyond the Classroom   
Purdue Moves Study Abroad Scholarship  
Spain & Morocco Study Abroad Opportunity During Spring Break      
Spring Break Study Abroad In Iceland with The College of Science
Women in Science Programs
The CoS Career Specialist Is Available To Help You
Campus Events 
OUR Office of Undergraduate Research

UPKEY at Purdue

Jobs in China Pre-employement Workshop
Rush University Immersion Day College of Health Sciences
Crossing State Street Competition
Boss of the SOC with Splunk
IU School of Medicine
Stanford Law School Empirical Research Fellowship
Become a Nurse in 4 Semesters

Welcome to the College of Science Student Success Scene, a bi-weekly newsletter featuring activities and opportunities especially relevant for science undergraduates. The Science Student Success team---Terry Ham, International Student Integration and Retention Specialist, Danielle Sheese, Career Development and Retention Specialist, and Laura Starr, Director for Experiential Learning & Student Success---are delighted that Science Diversity---Natasha Harris, Assistant Director for Multicultural Science Programs, and Connie Kaspar Brophy, Assistant Director for Women in Science Program ---has joined our team.

Are you interested in using your major in an Computer Science related career field?

Then reserve your spot for... Coffee & Conversation

When: Thursday, October 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

You will network with Alumni the “WHOLE TIME”; therefore, you must be available for the entire time frame.  This is a change for this event.  If you are more than ten minutes late, you may not be allowed to participate in the event.

This event is for College of Science students ONLY.
What is Coffee & Conversation (C&C)?

C&C brings students together with Purdue alumni and professionals from a particular career field.

We divide students into 4-5 groups, with 5-6 students and one alumni/professional for each group.  Dinner is provided for guests and participants.  Once everyone gets their dinner and beverage, the alumni/professionals will begin by standing up and introducing themselves to those in the room.

After introductions, the speed-networking portion of the event will commence!  Each group will meet for approximately 20 minutes, in which time students will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Alumni/professionals are encouraged to tell students about their personal, academic, and career path, as well as advise students on how to make themselves competitive for today’s job market.

Once the time is up, each alumni/professional will rotate and move to another group of students and repeat the process.  This will give students the chance to get multiple perspectives on their questions.

Participation will allow you to establish connections with these professionals in an informal setting and you will receive a free PURDUE SCIENCE MUG !
Alumni/Professionals Attending the Event:

  • Scott Blanchard, I.T. Director—MED Institute Incorporated.
  • Ben Cotton, Senior Program Manager—Red Hat.
  • Robert Davis, Director of Clinical Data Management— Indiana University School of Medicine and the School of Public Health at IUPUI.
  • David Duplantis, Senior Web Application Developer––Herff Jones.
  • Matt Walters, Software Engineer—Passageways.

RSVP is mandatory for this event.

This is a change for this event. If you are more than ten minutes late, you may not be allowed to participate.

Please check your personal calendar and exam schedule before signing up for this event.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Purdue Moves Study Abroad Scholarship
For more information click here

You can also visit us in Young Hall Room 105

College of Science Study Abroad
If you have questions regarding the Iceland study abroad please contact

Terry Ham by clicking here or Scott Roepke by clicking here .
10/10/19 Alpha Girls:
The Women Upstarts Who Took On Silicon Valley's Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime

WHEN: 5:30-7pm Burton D Morgan Building

Author Julian Guthrie and activist, MJ Elmore, will share their insight of their book, Alpha Girls.  It is the unforgettable story of four women who, through grit and ingenuity, became stars in the cut throat, high-stakes, male dominated world of venture capital in Silicon Valley, and helped build some of the foremost companies of our time.


These women, juggling work and family, shaped the tech landscape we know today while overcoming unequal pay, actual punches, betrayals, and the sexist attitudes prevalent in Silicon Valley and in male-dominated industries everywhere. 

You are encouraged to learn first-hand by reading a complimentary copy of their book! Grab your copy in Math 914 or 903 weekdays between 8:30am-noon and 1-4:30pm.  

Appetizers will be served. 

Please RSVP by clicking here

10/11/19 Executive In Residences Panel Discussion 2-3:30pm Fowler Hall, Stewart Center

University Residences cordially invites students to participate in their Executive-in-Residence panel discussion in honor of the program’s 5th Year Anniversary.

14 of the previous Executive-in-Residences will be here celebrating the program’s first milestone.  Come listen to and interact with Purdue alumni to build connections between students and the trailblazing executives who once walked in their shoes here at Purdue.

Please visit our website to see more information.

Please RSVP here by Friday, 10/22 at noon for only 20 spaces are available.

To pick up your ticket to this event Mon-Fri 8:15am-noon and 1-4:45pm in Math 914 or the Dean’s Suite in Math 931.

A conversation with Amanda Elmore Olympic athlete and College of Science alumnae.

Amanda Elmore will speak with College of Science women.

When: Monday, 10/14 from 7-8pm

Where: Earhart Conference Room

Amanda Elmore will speak regarding her struggles with imposter syndrome and the importance of building confidence in women.  

Please RSVP HERE by Friday, 10/11 at noon.
Career Specialist

Campus Events
Fall Undergraduate Research Expo - Accepting Applications
The annual Fall Undergraduate Research Expo is accepting abstracts for students who want to present on their ongoing or completed research projects via a research talk or poster. Those who conducted work this summer are invited to present their work during the Fall Expo.

Please encourage those you work with and those you know who have completed a scholarly project to submit their abstract. This non-judged event is great practice for the large and judged conference in the spring.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
Research talks: 8:30-11:30am in STEW 214
Poster symposium: 1:30-3:30pm in the PMU Ballrooms
Deadline to submit abstracts: Oct. 29 at 11:59pm
Undergraduate Research Seminar Series
Where to Start to be a Researcher
Tuesday, Oct. 15 | 4:30-5:30pm | HIKS G980D
This is a repeat presentation from 9/10 on how individuals can get started in undergraduate research at Purdue!

Leverage and Market Your Research Experience
Tuesday, Oct. 29 | 4:30-5:30pm | HIKS G980D
How to Similar to other experiences you may have, marketing your research experience to graduate school programs or employers for full-time positions or additional opportunities is critical. This workshop will help you communicate the skills you have gained during your research experience for current researchers OR help you communicate the skills you currently possess to obtain a research position.

For more information click here.
Undergraduate Research Grants
Undergraduate Research Grants

The OUR Undergraduate Research Grant program supports Purdue undergraduate students in the pursuit of their research, creative endeavors, and scholarly activities (collectively referred to as "research"). These awards, up to $500, are competitively awarded in the fall semester (research conducted from July 1 - June 30) and spring semester (research conducted January 1 - December 30).


The student application and research mentor letter of support, submitted separately, must be submitted by the deadline for the application to be complete. No late or incomplete applications will be considered. Email notification with the research grant decision will be sent to you and your research mentor no later than 4 weeks after the application deadline. Expected Uses of Funds Purchase supplies or materials (i.e., consumables) necessary for the research project, but not equipment.Printing or postage, if required for the research project.Travel to conduct research at different sites, not to present your research.


The Fall 2019 deadline is October 15, 2019.

Additional information can be found by clicking here

Application Links

Student Application (Fall 2019) Click here

Research Mentor Letter of Support (Fall 2019) Click here
Our Travel Grants
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Travel Grant recognizes Purdue University undergraduate students who have been selected to present research findings at a national or international professional or academic conference. This program supports undergraduate students in the dissemination of their research and improvement of their communication skills through the participation in scholarly activity. These awards, up to $500, are competitively awarded in the spring semester (travel from Jan 1 - Jun 30) and fall semester (travel from Jul 1 - Dec 31).

Portions of this funding have been made possible through generous donations from OUR donors, parents of Purdue students, Student Life, and the Parents Fund.

Fall 2019 applications are due October 15, 2019. The student application and research mentor letter of support must be submitted by the deadline for the application to be complete. Complete applications will be reviewed following the deadline. Additional complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until funds are depleted.

The Application Form can be found by clicking here.

Jobs in China
Pre-employment workshop
2019 Lockin 80 Days Event - Purdue

Lockin is the first and largest overseas recruitment platform in China. In 2019, we will continue to bring customized campus workshops to all graduates. The 2019 Chinese campus recruitment season has now begun. You may be wondering how to go about finding and applying for quality employment opportunities in China -- If so, this is the event for you! This year, we will bring even more positions that you can choose from to realize your true value in a career. Lockin has invited experienced HR and employers to bring you the most professional and practical pre-employment workshop for finding jobs in China.

Lockin China has been working with the CCO for a few years, and I’ve attended this workshop a few times. The content and quality are pretty solid, and students provided positive feedback. More details about the workshop can be found on the CCO calendar.

The workshop happens on Oct 10, 2019, from 6:30-8:00 pm at WALC 3090. The workshop will be in Chinese. RSVP is suggested but not required.

To register click here.

Click here to register.

Are you looking for a fun professional development opportunity that comes with free food? ITaP and Splunk are bringing Boss of the SOC to campus on October 12.

Join us in Stewart Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a capture the flag activity modeled after real-world threats. Lunch and free swag will be provided.

Gather a team of 2-3 other students and register here.

There is a trophy, so come ready to win! If you have any questions, contact Kirsten Gibson, ITaP communication specialist

IU School of Medicine
The website is now open to sign up for an advising appointment with an admissions representative from IU School of Medicine. Each month during the school year either the Director, Associate Director, Assistant Director of Admissions visits campus and meets with Purdue pre-med students one-on-one during 25 minute appointments.

Have questions about the various IU medical campuses? Unsure about preparing for interviews? Want to talk about a couple of grades that weren’t as high as you would have liked? This is your chance to have a conversation with someone on the inside of the admissions process!

Sign up online through their website. Fill out some information for them. They will send you reminders before your appointment day. These spots fill up quickly!

Please note that IU does track all appointments with students. This means that if you cannot make it to your appointment, you need to contact the office and let them know. If you do not show up for your appointment, this would be noted in what would later be your application file. Dress neatly for the appointment and think ahead about what you would like to ask.

All appointments will be in an interview room on the 2nd floor of Young Hall.

Fall Dates:
Thursday, October 10
Thursday, November 14

Register for your appointment at:

IU School of Medicine will also be here in the spring and will attend our Health Programs Expo on March 2, 2020. Registration and dates will open late in November. Sign up for the Pre-Professional Advising monthly e-newsletter at our website to stay informed.

Stanford Law School Empirical Research Fellowship

Description:  Assist with the research of Professors John J. Donohue, Jacob Goldin, Daniel Ho, Daniel Kessler and Alison Morantz at Stanford Law School. Designed for graduating seniors or recent college or master’s program graduates, fellowships provide a unique opportunity for those considering graduate school, law school, and/or business school in the future.

Commitment: Full-time, starting Summer 2020. Some applicants available to start earlier will also be considered. Fellowships are full-time positions lasting approximately one year, with an option to renew for a second year by mutual agreement of the professor and the fellow.

How to Apply: Please fill out the below form. There will be two rounds of application review. The deadline for the first round is 7:00AM PST on Monday, October 14, 2019. The deadline for the second round is 7:00AM PST on Monday, January 6, 2020. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis and preference will be given to first-round applicants. The position is visa sponsorship eligible (J-1) and applicants with OPT are also eligible for this position.

For more information click here.